One of my favorite things to do is geek out and watch TED talks.
Late at night, I cozy up in my pjs with a LaCroix and start with whichever first catches my eye and then I’m down the rabbit hole. . . Usually I emerge a few hours later, having watched 8 or 10 talks that were recommended for me, knowing all kinds of nifty new things.
A couple of days ago, I caught a talk that really spoke to me from Candy Chang, who is the creator of the “Before I Die” chalkboards that are placed in different cities, where people write their aspirations.
I love this project and I loved her talk (I will link it at the bottom of this post).
One thing she said that really resonated with me was, “Thinking about death clarifies your life.” I believe that is so true.
I suppose I’m more comfortable thinking about death than your average bear, perhaps because I worked so closely with the dying when I was an active nurse or perhaps because I am a chronically ill person now. Maybe a bit of both.
I believe it is a really good idea to have in our minds a Before I Die List – or a bucket list, if you will – and mine needs a good updating. Some of the things I thought I would do I just can’t anymore and there are some new things I really want to get around to. And it isn’t a morbid thing. Far from it. It’s just a way of keeping big goals in mind amid the day-to-day and I find it is especially helpful for me, as it appears I am not so much “flaring” anymore as my disease has just really progressed lately – meaning this seems to be a permanent state of being. 😦
I am so in need of good stuff to focus on too. So. . .
Before I Die I want to:
- Visit Italy, especially Rome and Vatican City.
- Publish my book. I hope more than one.
- See Les Mis on Broadway. (and lots of other shows too – but I MUST see Les Mes there)
- Do the Big Foot trip with Sara.
- Concerts. So many concerts. All of the concerts.
- Alaska cruise. And, no Lorelai, I don’t care if it means I’m headed for the home. 😉
- We must do Potter World and Disney.
- Remarry my better half in Vegas. With Elvis. Yassss.
- San Fran.
- . . .
There are many more things as well, places I want to see, things to do, goals to accomplish.
I hope that you will all give it some thought and start your own list too.
Forward. Always forward.
Happy Wednesday, y’all.
Grace and Blessings.
writer. holistic nutritionist. disabled nurse. wife. kid & fur mom. Follower of Jesus. Spirit Junkie.